“A producer has to make friends fast. A producer’s nothing without a writer, without a director, so go out find them. Get the ones who are coming up and work with them. A producer has to integrate people. A producer has to convince people of the basic sports theory that sometimes you gotta work with people, you don’t have to go to lunch with them. A lot of producers don’t understand that—they only want to work with people they like. You can’t make movies and TV with all nice people. It doesn’t happen that way. So you gotta realize you need someone who can do the job—you don’t need to go to lunch— just let them do the job.”
Producer/director/writer Garry Marshall
Archive of American Television interview
P.S. Back in 1972-1973-1974 the Oakland A’s baseball team was a talented group full of egos, talent, and melodrama. With superstars Reggie Jackson, Vida Bue, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Blue Moon Odom and others they won three straight World Series titles. It was also a team known for colorful uniforms, cool moustaches, and “locker-room meltdowns and intra-squad theatrics.” I remember a coach, owner, or player at that time saying what made them such a great team was that no matter their personal differences, that when they ran onto the field they put their differences aside and played as a team. I think that’s the metaphor that Marshall was talking about that you need to foster on film/Tv/video production teams.